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    September 15, 2010
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but they are working on it. and if you don't pay your mortgage or should say your taxes -- host: we have to wrap up. guest: i guess a say there are two things to do to get things moving. we've got to get people back in jobs. secondly, we have to get some stablization around housing. from that standpoint, if we can find ways in which to redirect to make sure people can stay in their homes and feel comfortable i think that will go a long way to helping us get out of what we are in. host: the twitter community on our website page which is c-span wj are talking about your background and the fact that you were a chief risk officer for several of these companies that were in trouble. guest: i was also a regulator. host: they are wondering -- and i am, too, you implied you didn't stay at some of them because of the risk the companies were taking. can you sort of speak in general
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about what kind of conversations you or some others that you know, your colleagues, might have had with executives and what kind of push-back you got? guest: that is a delicate situation for me because there is litigation going on so i can't speak to too many specifics. but i will come back and say i wrote a study on this back in the spring on risk management practices during the motor crisis and i believe the following from what i observed and it didn't matter what kind of institution it was, bank, thrift or whatever it was. or even the people there. these institutions, before the crisis, were very sales oriented, oriented toward the here and now where the risk manager is describing what can happen in the future. what is the uncertainty. people have a hard time understanding that which they don't understand in the future. so those of dust -- and i'm not
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apologizing for what we did or department do but i'm saying some people live in tangible information and very strong individuals may not often want to hear what may be lurking around the corn. host: thank you for talking to our viewers. that is it for today "washington journal." we now bring to you live coverage of the house of representatives. ability to govern and serve. therefore now give to them an understanding heart. wisdom to judge your ability that they might discern between good and evil. let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. in the name of our lord and savior we pray, amen.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new york, congressman tonko. mr. tonko: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from new york, congressman israel, is recognized for one minute. mr. israel: madam speaker, i rise to welcome reverend roderick pearson as guest chaplain. he's the founder and organizer of the st. mark ministries in central islip, long island. on september 26, he will celebrate 14 years of pastoral leadership. he's the president of the islip
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branch of the naacp, he received the naacp national award. reverend pearson has devoted himself to fighting bigotry, to building bridges, to lifting up communities, and his presence i hope will inspire all of us on both sides of the aisle to do the same. it is with great pride that i welcome reverend roger pearson to the house this morning. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? the chair will entertain up to 15 one-minute requests on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, in 108 days liberals will impose the largest tax increase in u.s. history. the $3.9 trillion increase will impact every taxpayer hurting small businesses and hardworking families by killing
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jobs and a death tax devastating to family businesses such as auto dealers and farmers. i'm offering an amendment to tomorrow's legislation that will prevent this job killing tax increase by making the tax cuts permanent. i urge support for the amount for an immediate up and down vote on tax cuts that are crucial to promote jobs. raising tax rates for two years is the first part of a two-part plan -- erasing tax rates for two years is the first part after two-part plan the republicans have. the time is now to act and i urge the rules committee to allow an up and down vote on the amount to offer tax relief to all hardworking americans. in conclusion god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. miss call came perfect: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor an exceptional organization in
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erie, pennsylvania, on the 35th anniversary of service to our community. safenet an agency of dedicated professionals and volunteers working to end domestic violence against women, men, children, and elderly by providing shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and education. it helps victims find support through a wide range of programs working closely with hospitals, schools, law enforcement, and the courts to increase awareness and understanding of domestic violence. for 35 years they have brought hope and help to so many people in my region. through their public education campaign, safenet is showing all victims of domestic violence can overcome their experiences, become strong survivors, and active members of their community. on behalf of all the families in my region i congratulate them on their 35th anniversary and offer my support in a mission to put an end to domestic violence. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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mr. poe: request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, violence continues to seep across the mexican border. narcoterrorists continue to take shots at our border patrol from across the rio grande river. drugs and human trafficking continues as our outmanned, outfinanced, outgunned law enforcement continue to struggle. but how's this for a new wrinkle in the threat? law enforcement officials in texas indicate that the drug cartels may have opened up a protection racket on the american side of the border. reports show that hispanics living on the american side are now paying protection money to the drug cartels. these mexican cartels are threatening to harm their relatives on the mexican side of the border. if they have relatives in mexico, pay up or they'll be hurt or worse. the narcoterrorist extortion racket is just another example of crime coming into america from across the border. organized crime threats
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crippling mexico don't affect americans are still living in never, never hand. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. tonko: while democrats work to help our country return from the republican recession, our top priority is to create jobs and restore responsible fiscal policies that support the middle class. the key part of our pro-growth agenda is helping small businesses. small businesses are indeed the economic engine creating 2/3 of the new jobs over-the-past 15 years. the role of small businesses is especially important as we strive to create jobs and move this economy forward. with the right resources and the right opportunities, small businesses can respond quickly with opportunities that create jobs, democrats have already enacted eight tax cuts for small businesses, including tax credits, payroll tax holidays,
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incentives for capital investments, and other measures to help small business thrive. we passed these measures despite strong opposition from house republicans and we'll continue our fight for small business despite their votes against the small business community. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i reminded again last night why our effort to help small businesses make sense. i was at the alliance to save energy and i gave an award called the andromeda award to a company called opower. it's a small company that's developed a way to help americans save energy and they have been spectacularly successful. mr. inslee: they found a way if you share information about what your neighbors are doing, you can reduce your energy costs dramatically. this company's growing rapidly and doing well. but these small companies need access to capital, and we are proposing plans to make sure that they can get access to
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capital in our efforts to increase small business lending. if we do that these small businesses are going to thrive. we've got to get out of the gate to compete with china when it comes to clean energy and efficiency if we pass these bills, we will. let's keep small business lending. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, small businesses are the back boin of america's economy. more than half of american workers are employed by small businesses. in fact, 99.7% of businesses in the united states employ fewer than 500 people. when i talk to small business owners in south florida i'm always inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit and their tireless work ethic. for that reason it's no surprise that 97% of american exports to other nations come from products made by small businesses. i have been a member of congress for exactly five months this morning, and the
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one fact in common for each of these 150 days has been that republicans have inexplicably blocked tax cuts and better credit for small businesses. every day that goes by without the small business jobs and credit act, is another day during which small business owners put off investing in new equipment, avoid hiring new workers, and see opportunities to expand pass them by. it's time to pass this critical legislation so small business can get back to doing what they do best. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? many without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kagen: mr. speaker, i have the high honor and responsibility of representing this family from wisconsin.
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here you see tony and his wife, his son, and daughter. tony wrote me this note recently when his company was having problems selling paper because of illegal paper being dumped into our country by china. congressman kagen, i have been a paper maker for 18 years and i'm grateful for the opportunity to provide for my family that the industry has given me. in 2009 i lost my job through no fault of my own or no fault of my company. appleton. my job was stolen because somebody broke the law and that's not right. the dumping of foreign paper into the united states from companies that are subsidized by their own governments creates a marketplace that seriously threatens my family and countless other families throughout the united states. close quotes. we are going to make it in america when we begin making things here in america as well. we need to balance our trade deals and push back against illegal paper being dumped into our domestic market by china. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. million yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, our republican colleagues are constantly reminding us that the administration last year said that unemployment would not get to 8% if we pass our recovery act. that remains to be seen, but let's talk about a projection that they made some years ago that they don't want to talk about. and that's we were going to have endless surpluses. they used that prediction of endless surpluses to justify cutting taxes for the wealthiest people in the united states. well, those people had a great day. on average $100,000 savings on taxes during that time. did they create more jobs because they cut their taxs? no. in fact, we had -- actually the most stagnant period of private sector job growth in modern history. so now when we don't have an endlets surplus, in fact a very
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large deficit, and we need job creation, they say, oh, let's cut their taxes again. it wasn't good enough that the average millionaire had his or her net worth increase by 16% in 2009 while every other american stagnated. no, they want to make it a little bit better for the wealthiest people in america. we want to cut taxes for middle class america and not millionaires. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. ellison: thank you for the recognition. in this time of debate around taxes and taxation, it's hard to figure out what's really true. republicans say this, democrats say that. let me tell you what's actually the fact. the fact is that the republicans want to give the top 2% of the wealthiest americans tax breaks that would add $700 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. they are saying they are going
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to stop tax cuts for middle class people unless the top 2% get their tax cut that would add $700 billion to the deficit. now, that's not fair given that middle class people have faced foreclosure, they have faced drop in home value, have faced unemployment, have faced so many difficult economic hurdles. why do we insist on giving 2%, top 2% a huge tax break that they don't need only if we give the top 2% that tax break? middle class people need relief. middle class people need it now. thank you very much. .=%q%=9 the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. there are a number of issues
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that failed to make it to the floor but there is one issue i absolutely feel strongly about and believe that the people of this congress and the people of the nation need to know and it is the supplemental ways with people for disabilities. inclusion is a birth right. this is a civil right. and there is a rule in the department of labor called 14-c. it's a certificate from the united states department of labor which says that people with disabilities can get paid less than subminimum wage but it is not the minimum wage for all of them, it is hardly a wage at all. mr. cleaver: some of these people who are on disability are making 45 crenlts an hour or less in workshops. so i am suggesting that this issue is so important that it needs to be brought to the floor of the united states congress. this is a civil right and we need to make it something that is a priority of this congress as soon as possible. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to
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address the house, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it's my great pleasure and admiration to stand before you today to honor the american education regressive association, 78 of maryville, indiana, for being named chapter of the year during the associate's national convention that was held in july of this year. it is to be commended for its outstanding service. chapter 78 was established on july 25, 1925. mr. visclosky: it currently consists of 130 members with 13 being life members of over 50 years. in accordance with the hepa mission of community service, the members of chapter 78 represent the best in all of us, through their selfless giving, kindness and generosity. most recently, the chapter has distinguished itself by donating significant funds to organizations throughout northwest indiana, including
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christian haven house and a soup kitchen. for nearly two decades the chapter has also worked tirelessly to provide safe, exceptionally well maintained and affordable housing for citizenses who otherwise might today find themselves in very abject circumstances. mr. speaker, i ask that you and the other distinguished colleagues join me in again congratulating the hepa chapter 78 of maryville, indiana. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, sophomores in high school are not often called on to lead a nation. under the leadership of nine black students in little rock in 1957, including high school sophomore jefferson thomas, the federal government enforced the rights of all students to have equality of education. losing one of the little rock nine is an event no one looks forward to. losing one of the little rock nine is what happened on september 5, 2010, when jeffson
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thomas passed away. yesterday's heroes with death become legends and such is the case with jefferson thomas. perhaps noes group of young people is as well known as jefferson thomas and the others we know as the little rock nine. every american for all time must honor and remember the heroism of these youngsters in 1957 as we have done in 1999 with the congressional gold medal and also with a commemorative coin and a postage stamp. mr. snyder: none of us can imagine the daily doerment and fear these students faced. no young person today can imagine what segregation meant for teens like jefferson thomas in 1957. but jefferson thomas knew, jefferson thomas acted and jefferson stoms an american hero -- is an american hero who will be missed and honored. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is
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recognized for one minute. mr. klein: we are currently in the midst of the jewish high holiday. it's a holy time when we reflect on the past year and welcome a new one. i wish you and your family a happy 5771. during the service in my synagogue, i was honored to offer the jewish prayer for the united states. this prayer hopes for the day when, quote, peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst, closed quote. and i can think of no more laudable and important goal than to work toward the day with all of our heart and energy. as we pray for and work towards peace and security for the united states, we also extend those prayers to the state of israel. the threats against the jewish homeland are real and we cannot allow them to go unchecked. the american people stand with our brothers and sisters in israel and the alliance and friendship between our two nations remaineds unbreakable. i hope that all who celebrate these meaningful high holidays have the opportunity to do so
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amongst loved ones, reflection with our friends and family is the hall mark at this time of year. for my family to yours, warmest wishes during this special season. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognition? ms. hirono: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hirono: mr. speaker, if we don't act soon, middle class income families across the country will see their taxes go up. i've spent the past six weeks meeting with small business owners, workers, educators and farmers. i've asked them how they feel about extending the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans and we agreed that the most important thing we do now is to extend the tax cuts for the middle class. i will oppose those who hold the middle class tax cuts hostage so that people earning more than $1 million will receive average tax cuts of $100,000 annually. the top 2% of these income earners in our country can't afford to pay their fair share.
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extending the bush tax cuts for this group pile on a whopping $700 billion to our deficit over the next 10 years. we must pass legislation now that ensures that 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses do not pay higher taxes next year and let's remember that the 111th congress and the obama administration have already enacted eight tax cuts for small businesses. we can no longer afford to help and continue the tax cuts for the wealthiest among us. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a record vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2039 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2039, a bill to clarify the he was cabblet of
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the buy american act to products purchased for the use of the legislative branch, to prohibit the application of any of the exceptions, products bearing an official congressional insignia and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. brady, and a member opposed each may control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members malay -- may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include ex tranious matter on the measure now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. brady: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: on behalf of my committee i'm pleased to bring this bill to the house. it's a very important bill designated to help create more jobs in america. offered by our colleague from ohio, h.r. 2039 extends the requirements of the buy american act to the legislative branch of government, including the house of representatives and the senate. several legislative branches agencies already abide by the buy american act, including the government printing office, the library of congress, the
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architect of the capitol, but the house and senate are rescinded from the act and that's time for it to change. we buy many things, envelopes, furnishings, and equipment of every kind. you name it. there are no reasons that buy american requirements should not apply to the congress as to any other federal agency. that's why the gentlelady's legislation -- that's what the gentlelady's legislation will accomplish. from my perspective as chairman of the house administration committee, h.r. 2039 will provide us with one more tool we can use to prevent the purchase of foreign-made goods when suitable american-made goods are available. mr. speaker, this is a good bill. i commend the gentlelady for introducing it and i urge the house to pass it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield time? mr. brady: i'd now like to yield to the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes.
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ms. kaptur: thank you very much, and i want to thank chairman brady for his leadership and the expeditious manner in which his committee -- his committee dealt with this bill. i thank him for his leadership on jobs in america all the time and i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 2039 when it comes to a vote later today. the make it in america promise act, which applies to provisions -- which applies the provisions of the buy american act that already applied to the executive branch to the legislative branch, the congress. it is apparent to all america that we are facing a daunting job deficit. over 14.9 million people still are out of work. moreover, in 2009 our nation racked up a trade deficit of $375 billion and this year it's likely to be double that, of more imports coming into our nation than exports going out and for every $1 billion of trade deficit, we lose a minimum
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of 10,000 more jobs. . our economy this year would have grown 5%. instead growth was readjusted downward to 1.5%, a huge three-point drop and the worst growth rate since 1947. because trade deficits matter. for america to address this job gap, our unconscious nation must develop a consciousness to make it in america again because production here equals jobs in america. that consciousness must begin here in congress. in the highest lawmaking branch of our nation. this bill applies to buy america provisions to the legislative branch. to illustrate just in perusing the gift shop that tourists come through in the house and senate in the new congressional visitor center, look what we found.
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chinese calculators. says here in the united states senate, look where it's made. umbrellas from china. a children's briefcase, even with a symbolic seal from the philippines. and an elephant piggy bank from indonesia. we couldn't buy everything there, but let me tell you, there was no consciousness that we should be supporting goods made in america here as the highest lawmaking branch in our country. how can congress expect to strengthen american industry and create american jobs if itself is not buying american made goods? if there is one place in our country that should showcase items made in the u.s.a., it is right here in the congress. how can the american people trust congress to be responsible if it is selling goods that create jobs in other
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places? not here in america. that is why h.r. 2039 was introduced in the first place because we must employ at this time of high unemployment every opportunity to help turn our economic ship of state in a good direction. this bill creates a clear standard. it says we must change our practices. it says we must restore manufacturing in america. it begins to do this by raising the consciousness of our nation , that the ledge branch of our federal government step forward to say it is time to make good in america again. that is where new jobs will come from. under the buy america act, current law states that the federal government but not the legislative branch must buy american made products, but when this bill passes, the congressional made in america promise act will apply the buy american act to congress. in addition, when dealing with
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any product bearing an official insignia of the house, the senate, and the congress h.r. 2039 will prohibit the exceptions of not purchasing american goods if they are inconsistent with the public interest, not made in sufficiently available commercial quantity, or under the price of $2,500. this means the only exceptions will be if the goods produced here are unreasonable in cost or not used in the united states. this congress has taken steps to close tax loopholes that reward large corporations that outsource business and jobs overseas. we are providing tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas, but we need to do more. congress must lead by example. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 2039, help create jobs in america, help rebuild american industry by building in america once again. vote for the made in america promise act.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio yields back the balance of her time. ms. kaptur: i yield the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm glad to yield to my colleague in the committee on house administration, the gentlelady from california, susan davis, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. mrs. davis: thank you. i want to thank my colleague from ohio for bringing h.r. 2039 forward today. mr. speaker, the forefathers and mothers of our nation included congress in section 1 of the constitution for a reason. congress is for the people, by the people. but for too long congress has encouraged buy america throughout this country without setting a strong enough example here in the halls of congress. my colleague has just referenced a number of pieces
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of goods that people purchase that were certainly not made in america. i suspect that our forefathers would be pleased with this piece of legislation before us. as our nation works to bolster our manufacturing sector for the 21st century and beyond, we can start with making sure that goods sold in the capital and congress are made right here in the u.s. the congressional made in america promise act does just that, by requiring that the rules of the buy america act apply to the legislative branch. and by passing it, congress is setting an example for our nation. goods sold in congress should say made in the u.s.a. for the people, by the people. right now we are seeing that getting back to the basics of making it in america is what works for our economy.
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in fact, in august u.s. manufacturing expanded for the 13th straight month. our manufacturing sector has always been a source of pride for our country and it is still the best in the world. now more than ever we need to encourage the production of goods that are made in america because the more we make at home the more americans will be able to go back to work. i strongly support the congressional made in america promise. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i urge an aye vote and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2039 as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mr. brady: mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentleman from
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pennsylvania. mr. brady: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3116, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3116, a bill to prohibit the department of homeland security from procuring certain items directly related to the national security unless the items are grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the united states, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from california, ms. richardson, and the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to
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insert extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i also rise in support of the berry amendment extension act and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she may consume. ms. richardson: h.r. 3116, the berry amendment extension act, was introduced by the gentleman from north carolina, mr. kissell. this legislation would apply procurement requirements that have been in place since 1941 at the department of defense to the department of homeland security. as approved in 1941, the purpose of the berry amendment was to protect the united states from our enemies by requiring that the military maintain rules and regulations regarding the uniforms worn by our soldiers. the extension of the berry amendment to the department of homeland security is the necessary thing to do from a security standpoint. currently there are not any
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requirements on where uniforms are -- where the uniforms by enforcing agencies such as the transportation security administration and the customs and border protection are manufactured. in light of the ongoing threat which require the utmost protection of our safety resources and personnel, the extension of the berry amendment is appropriate. further, the failure to utilize the american invested worker to produce military resources not only detrimental to the american manufacturing jobs, but it's also detrimental to our nation's security. a beneficial side effect of the berry amendment is its impact on jobs. data shows that the berry amendment has allowed for the sustainment of over 450,000 textile and manufacturing jobs here in the united states. further, using data from the u.s. department of commerce, it is estimated that for every $1 billion in manufacturing output, 12,500 jobs are created
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in the united states. during these trying economic times, h.r. 3116 provides us with a unique opportunity to create new jobs here in america. thereby giving u.s. workers any opportunity to make it in america is where we all should stand. as a strong supporter of the u.s. manufacturing -- as a strong supporter of u.s. manufacturing, i believe that it is our duty as a congress to protect american jobs through our support of those small businesses that manufacture high quality textile products here in the united states. lastly, let us not forget most importantly that h.r. 3616 takes away our vulnerability in the procurement system. the law enforcement officials who work to protect our southern border and northern border have witnessed drug couriers using phony uniforms to avoid detection of smuggling illegal drugs in the united states. considering the loose regulations on the location and
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types of facilities that manufacture uniforms worn by those who protect our nation, we must take the necessary steps to prevent smugglers from using our own uniforms to assist in their illegal activities. i fully support this legislation, h.r. 3116, under consideration and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote for its passage. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3116, the berry amendment extension act. the bill amends the homeland security act of 2002 to prohibit the secretary of homeland security from procuring certain items, including textiles such as clothing, tents, canvas, and cotton unless they are grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the united states.
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by requiring the secretary to procure certain items from within the u.s., this bill takes an important step in promoting u.s. job growth and supporting large and small businesses alike. mr. rogers: the department of homeland security employs over 150,000 uniformed men and women who are dedicated to the department's vital mission of protecting the homeland against a range of threats. the u.s. customs and border protection, for example, employs over 21,000 officers and 20,000 border patrol agents and these numbers continue to grow. the t.s.a. has 48,000 officers. the u.s. coast guard has over 50,000 uniformed personnel. these growing numbers represent opportunity to produce uniforms and other materials in the u.s. to support their mission rather than overseas. this in turn will help create american jobs in this troubled economy. the bill provides for exceptions in certain situations including procurements by vessels in foreign waters, emergency procurement, low-cost procurement, and items are not
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of sufficient quality or quantity available when needed. the bill also includes language requiring its provisions to be applied in a manner consistent with u.s. obligations under international agreement. h.r. 3116 is a common sense peace of legislation. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i i yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. kissell. search the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. kissell: i would like to thank my colleague from california for yielding the time and also for her strong support for made in america and u.s. manufacturing. . mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 3116, the berry amendment extension act. for over 60 years the berry amendment has served as the law by which the department of defense has had to purchase uniforms for our military.
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it has served its purpose well in protecting the men and women of our services with having the best uniforms and also protecting americans that make these uniforms and providing for the jobs thereof. in january of 2009, shortly after i was sworn in as a freshman congressman, folks came to me and asked me if i would help extend the berry act in homeland security to just the t.s.a. part. now, i could not understand why this had not been done before but i was assured it had been tried and been unsuccessful because there was apparently a lot of special interests that were in opposition to this. having worked 27 years in textiles myself, i glandly took on this initiative and with a lot of help we were able to come -- overcome the special interests and we were able to get the ex intelligence of the berry act -- extension of the berry act, applying just the t.s.a.
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we immediately went to work to introduce a bill in legislation that would complete this process by making all of homeland security berry-compliant. i'm glad to say with a lot of support and a lot of bipartisan support today we're success envelope bringing that bill to the floor. it makes sense, it's only logical, for all the reasons that have been given, that we extend to homeland security and all the people that work there, whether it be border patrol, t.s.a., i.c.e., coast guard, secret service and whatever function that they have the uniforms that are the best and the best as always made in the united states. sex tiles have suffered a lot through the years. it's similarity -- textiles have suffered a lot through the years. the united states has suffered a $505 billion deficit in textiles and apparel. a loss of over 587,000 jobs and
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the most economic down turn. textiles has lost 60,000 jobs with the closing of over 44 textile plants. but textiles has not gone away. textiles is energetic, it's creative, it represents the american entrepreneur spirit, it is surviving. this bill is a logical step to not only protect our nation's security by having american uniforms on those that protect us and homeland security but also protects american security by protecting american jobs. mr. speaker, just two examples of the good that came out of just the t.s.a. amendment. we received a letter shortly after we passed this act that was from arkansas. 20 people wrote to thank us for passing that act because it saved their jobs. now, that's just 20 people, that's 20 families in an economic downturn that didn't
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have to worry about jobs. a small town near my home town credits the amendment, the t.s.a. amendment, for not only their survival but creating of 80 additional jobs. we have seen this and heard this time and time again from just the amendment that we passed with t.s.a. we will see this expand even further when we pass this legislation. i urge all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this commonsense 3116 berry extension act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yield -- yields back his time. the gentlelady from california reserves her time. the gentleman from alabama. mr. rogers: thank you, mr. speaker. as a member of congress who grew up in a family that needed the textile industry, i'm glad to yield to mr. coble for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is
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recognized for three minutes. mr. coble: i thank my colleague from alabama. you indicate your involvement and exposure to textile employment, as did my friend from north carolina. my late mom was a textile worker. so i too appreciate the significance of textile employment. the berry amendment requires the u.s. defense department to buy american for certain products that are judged to be essential to our military readiness. by american means that 100% of the product is produced and manufactured in the united states. the berry amendment helps ensure that we have a reliable domestic source for certain vital during times of war that our troops are equipped with the highest quality equipment. the berry amendment has worked well. i am not aware of any situation, mr. speaker, where it has limited the ability of our military to procure items and it has assured that our troops receive the highest quality and essential equipment. finally it helps certain costs in the long-term.
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h.r. 3116 will expand this requirement to the department of homeland security, d.h.s., as we all know has grown and while the berry amendment has been successful for our military, i see no reason why it would not be equally as successful for d.h.s. the requirement is not unlimited because government procurement policies are also covered by the world trade organization rules. berry-type requirements are only permissible for agencies that are critical to national security. as a result, mr. speaker, it is my understanding that h.r. 3116 would only apply to the transportation security administration because of its national security role in securing our various airports. i'm pleased that president obama supported the berry amendment while he was serving in the senate and hope that his views on this matter have not changed and i think they probably have not. the berry amendment furthermore had been endorsed by am tack,
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the american manufacturing trade coalition and the national council of textile organization. economically, this requirement makes a lot of sense. certainly the berry amendment is responsible for approximately 70,000 jobs, half of which are in the domestic textile industry. conservative estimates from the textile industry associates indicate another 21,000 jobs could be created by extending the berry amendment to the department of homeland security. i urge my colleagues to support this berry amendment, a very worth while proposal, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the gentleman from alabama reserves his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. if the gentleman from alabama has no more speakers, i'm prepared -- prepared to close after he does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i urge member to support the bill and i yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. h.r. 3116, the berry amendment, extends the wisdom of our forefathers to properly secure military uniforms into the 21st century, as our extended protectors in homeland security such as the airport t.s.a. workers and custom and border protection workers are on the frontlines. h.r. 3116 is putting american workers and the american economy first by making it in america. i thank mr. kills and chairman thompson for their leadership and urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time having been yielded back the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3116 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendments to h.r. 3978. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3978, an act to amend the implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission act of 2007, to authorize the secretary of homeland security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the center for domestic preparedness that are related to preparedness for and response to terrorism and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, and the gentleman from alabama each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to
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revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i also ask for a unanimous consent that an exchange of letters between the committees on homeland security and transportation and infrastructure be included into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i rise in support of concurring in the senate amendment to h.r. 3978 and yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. richardson: as chairwoman of the emergency communications preparedness and response subcommittee, i am pleased to join the original sponsor of this legislation, the ranking member that have very subcommittee, mr. rogers of alabama, in strong support of the first responder antiterrorism training resources act. mr. rogers' district is home to the center of domestic preparedness, also known as the center throughout my comments, and one of the nation's remere training sites.
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at the center, thousands of first responders from all 50 states receive hands-on training for real world incidences involving chemical, biological, explosive, radiological and other hazardous materials. as we saw last week, on nationwide tv when a ruptured pipeline sent a ball of fire into the neighborhoods of california, completely blowing to pieces four homes, killing four people, in addition to four people still being missing, this training is vital and we must continue to find creative ways to strengthen it. i am pleased that the legislation before us today will enhance the training of our first responders. given the center's leading role in all hazards training, the facility often receives offers of resources and donations, including training displays, emergency response equipment and guest lectures. the ability to accept, progress through the system and utilize
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these donations and gifts would strengthen the center's ability to to offer training. as well as in difficult times reduce the cost for the center itself. pursuant to current rules and law, the center for domestic preparedness currently lacks the legal authority to accept these types of resources, gifts and services. the enactment of h.r. 3978 would permit the secretary of homeland security to accept and use gifted items for authorized activities of the center for domestic preparedness that are related to preventing, preparing for and protecting against or responding to all disasters. the legislation further directs the department of homeland security, d.h.s., to report annually to congress on any gifts that were accepted and how they might contribute to the center's mission. the report must also describe the amount of federally funded savings that were generated from the acceptance of these gifts, which is very important as we look for ways to trim costs.
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the bill also amends the homeland security act to authorize the federal law enforcement training center to accept and use gifts, donations and services. for these reasons, i urge all of my colleagues to support the senate amendments to h.r. 3978. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from alabama. mr. rogers: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of final passage of h.r. 3978, the first responder antiterrorism training resources act. thanks to the strong bipartisan support in both the house and the senate we're here today with legislation that provides the c.d.p. with authority to accept donations and items such as rail cards -- rail car, subway cars, emergency response equipment and other property and services that would help bolster training. i introduced this bill last november to ensure that first responders who trained at east alabama's center for domestic preparedness have access to all
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available resources that will strengthen their training activities. this bill was passed by the house on december 15 of 2009 by a vote of 413-1. on august 5 the bill passed the senate with an amendment by unanimous consent. i would like to thank chairman thompson and running backing member king and lieberman and collins for their support and moving it forward in both chambers. c.d.p. delivers training to america's emergency responders. training at c.d.p. is fully funded by the department of homeland security, state and local responders from all 50 states, the district of columbia and the u.s. territories have trained at this center. the c.d.p. often receives offers of donations to assist their training courses however the c.d.p. does not have the legal authority to accept those donations and has been forced to turn them down in the past. my bill fixes this problem. as amended by the senate, the bill ensures that c.d.p. may accept donations in its all
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hazards mission. it includes language to ensure that no gifts are accepted if they're going to compromise the integrity or appearance -- appearance of integrity of an individual associated with the department or the department. and the annual report to congress on donations accepted must be made available to the public. the bill would also authorize the federal law enforcement training center to accept gifts under the homeland security act of 2002 as it has been doing under the 2004 appropriations act. this legislation is a win-win for our first responders, the american taxpayer and the center for preparedness. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. . ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. if the gentleman from alabama had a no more speakers, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama.
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mr. rogers: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further speakers. i urge members to support the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. richardson: mr. speaker, i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california. ms. richardson: the c.d.p., domestic preparedness, our law enforcement training organization set up for numerass federal, state, and local agencies and proids a vital preparation to our law enforcement community that can definitely benefit from the use of these additional resources. by allowing d.h.s. to support training centers to accept this, this legislation will help tap into the generosity of the american people and the companies to enhance the training for thousands of first responders and in turn i expect will save a significant amount of taxpayer dollars. i encourage my colleagues to support this important homeland security legislation, commend mr. rogers for his efforts, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california
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yields back the balance of her time. all time having been yielded back, the question is will the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendment h.r. 3978. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the rules are suspended, the senate amendments are agreed to, without objection objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. tanner: i move to suspend the rules and call up house resolution 1595 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1595, resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the passage of legislation that created real estate investment trusses, reit's, and gave millions of americans new investment opportunities that helped them build a solid foundation for retirement security and has contributed to
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the overall strength of our economy. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. tanner, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. tanner: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tanner: thank you. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. tanner: mr. speaker, over the september 14, 1960 president eisenhower signed legislation into law creating real estate investment trusses. this house resolution, 1595, celebrates the 50th anniversary of reits as they are called and the enhanced opportunities they provide for investment in real
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estate by americans from all walks of life. it allowed individual investors to purchase interest in a portfolio of real estate assets. in many instances they also operate the properties that they own. to qualify as a reit these companies must distribute 90% of their income back to their shareholders in the form of dividends. as noted in the resolution, they have given average american investors access to large-scale commercial real estate investment opportunities through publicly traded, regulated securities which provide investors with transparency and liquidity. for reits are head quarted in my home state of tennessee and nearly 800 tennessee properties are owned by them. across the country they own approximately $500 billion of commercial real estate properties, approximately 10%
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to 15% of institutionally owned commercial real estate. in 2009, reits paid over $13.5 billion in dividends. more than 30 countries around the world have passed legislation enabling reits. again, they have helped millions of average american investors to participate in the real estate markets of this country as well as others. so, mr. speaker, i would urge passage of house resolution 1595. i'm glad to yield -- i guess i yield -- i reserve the balance of my time. so you may wreck nies mr. tiberi. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi. mr. tiberi: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. tiberi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from tennessee as well for being here on the floor to recognize the 50 years, in fact 50 years ago this week that president eisenhower signed into law legislation that created real estate investment trusses or reits. investment vehicles that have allowed millions and millions of americans the expanded opportunities to invest in commercial real estate. while today by take for granted that middle class investors and middle class americans across our country have the opportunity to invest in commercial real estate, it's important to know that prior to 1960 it was only large financial institutions and wealthy americans who had the means to do so. over the last 50 years reits have greatly expanded that opportunity by allowing investors of all income levels to buy publicly traded regulated shares of these
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commercial real estate investment vehicles. but reits haven't just allowed middle class americans to diversify their investment portfolio, they have also helped build our local communities, a true win-win situation. indeed, over the last five decades these investment vehicles have helped finance important commercial real estate projects in every one of our congressional districts across our country. from hotels to shopping malls to hospitals to office parks. in fact, in my congressional district i'm honored to have a number of important entities that are reits. that truly people in our district don't realize are real estate investment trusses, that employ thousands collectively of central ohioans. 50 years after the enactment, reits remain an important part of our tax code and i'm pleased to be a co-sponsor of this bill with congressman levin and congressman camp, the lead sponsors, and pleased to be part of this resolution
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recognizing their 50-year anniversary. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. tanner: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased at this time to recognize mr. davis for his remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes -- mr. tanner: yield him two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes mr. davis. mr. davis: thank you very much, mr. chairman. let me thank the manager for the time. i rise in strong support of this resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the passage of legislation that created real estate investment trusses. i happen to come from the city of chicago and i represent downtown chicago. of course it is an investment opportunity not only in chicago
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but all over america for individuals to make use of this opportunity. so for the last 50 years they have had that opportunity. i look to see it continue to grow and development and i appreciate the opportunity to say that i think real estate investment trusses -- trusts are very important to the economy of our country and i strongly support this resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes mr. tanner from tennessee. the gentleman from ohio. mr. tiberi: i continue to reserve the balance of my time. mr. tanner: i'm pleased to recognize mr. blumenauer for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the gentleman from tennessee's permitting me to speak on this. i rise as a co-sponsor of
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h.res. 1595, to recognize the 50th anniversary of real estate investment trusts. for the last 50 years we have seen how these publicly traded reits have provided american investors with an affordable way to invest in real estate. i do a lot of work with livable communities. i want to congratulate the reit industry for their efforts to pursue practices that will reduce the carbon footprint of their properties. we are dealing with serious problems of energy efficiency, carbon pollution. buildings account for almost 40% of our country's total energy consumption and 72% of our electricity consumption. this is one area where the industry has had a footprint that extends from coast to coast joining with the energy star to find ways to improve energy efficiency for the industry. i'm pleased to see honorees of
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this program include the simon properties group, a.m.b. properties corporation, and others. i have enjoyed working with the reit industry to introduce h.r. 4599, the renewable energy expansion act, which extends and improves the recovery act grant program for renewable energy production and involves the real estate investment trusts in this arena. i have worked with my colleague, linda sanchez, to resolve a technical barrier which will dramatically enhance the ability of reits to access these grants. it's just one example where working with the industry we have been able to deal with long-term benefits to our communities, stabilizing investments, strengthening neighborhoods, and working on ways to make sure that we are
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productive and families are safer, healthier, and more economically secure. i congratulate them on 50 years of progress and look forward in the future as valuable allies in this effort. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. tea -- mr. tiberi. mr. tiberi: i yield back. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. tanner: we yield back, mr. speaker. will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1595. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 5873. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5873, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 218 north milwaukee street in waterford, wisconsin, as the captain rhett w. schiller post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay, and the gentleman from la, -- from la, each will control -- louisiana, each will control 20 minutes. mr. clay: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks
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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i now yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, on behalf of the house committee on oversight and government reform it is my honor to rise in support of h.r. 5873. this measure designates the facility of the u.s. post office -- postal service located at 218 north milwaukee street in waterford, wisconsin, as the captain rhett w. schiller post office. h.r. 5873 was introduced by our colleague, the gentleman from wisconsin, representative paul ryan, on july 27, 2010. the measure was referred to the committee on oversight and government reform which ordered it reported favorably by unanimous consent. on july 28, 2010. the measure enjoys the support of the entire wisconsin delegation to the house and i
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thank the gentleman from wisconsin for introducing this measure. i'd also like to thank chairman towns and ranking member issa for their support for the bill. captain rhett w. schiller was born on november 7, 1980, in ray seen -- racine, wisconsin. in 2003 schiller graduate interested west point and commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry. he was assigned to the 82nd airborne at fort bragg, north carolina, first as a platoon leader in company b and later executive officer for company a of the third battalion, 505th parachute infantry regiment. schiller's brigade was deployed in new orleans in september, 2005, to assist with relief efforts after hurricane katrina. .
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his unit was deployed in conducting relief operations only seven hours after the assignment was announced. the standard deployment time is 18 hours after notification. in 2006 captain schiller was assigned to fifth squadron 73rd cavalry regiment, third brigade combat team, 82nd airborne division. on his 100th day in country, while leading his squad of six paratroopers and six iraqi army soldiers on a canal-clearing operation near balad, captain schiller's unit came under small arms fire. captain schiller was killed in action on november 16, 2006. mr. speaker, captain schiller is remembered as a hard-charging leader who did everything he could to take care of his soldiers, raising the spirits
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and motivation of everyone around hit his life and achievements over the course of his service speak volumes about all of our brave service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. let us now pay tribute to the life of captain revise and extend schiller through the passage of this legislation and h.r. 5873 and, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. mr. cao: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. it is my honor today to rise in support of h.r. 5873, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 218 north milwaukee street in waterford, wisconsin,
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as the captain rhett schiller post office. mr. speaker, it is altogether fitting and proper that we name this post office in waterford for captain schiller, to honor a true american hero and his service to our country. captain rhett schiller was born on november 7, 1980. upon graduation from high school in 1999, captain schiller was apointed to the united states military academy at west point by my distinguished colleague from wisconsin, mr. ryan. captain schiller graduated from west point in 2003 with a major in chinese and was commissioned the infantry officer. he was assigned in fort bragg, north carolina. in september of 2005, after hurricane katrina devastated the go gulf coast, captain schiller
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and his unit were deployed to new orleans to come to the aid of millions along the gulf coast. including the citizens of the district that i represent. it took only seven hours for captain schiller's unit to gear up and deploy to new orleans. according to major tom earnhart, army spokesperson for captain schiller's division, the typical deployment time is 18 hours. he described captain schiller's work to get his unit deployed to new orleans in only seven hours as extraordinary and a truly remarkable achievement. on behalf of the constituents whom i represent and the millions of people who were impacted by hurricane katrina, i want to thank captain schiller and the other brave men and women who came to our aid in a time of need. in 2006, captain schiller was made a consecutive company
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officer and was deployed to serve in iraq as part of a reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition team. sadly on november 16, 2006, his 1 u.n.th day in serving in iraq -- 100th day in serving in iraq, captain schiller was killed in action when his unit came under attack and encountered small arms fire. captain schiller was awarded the bronze star, purple heart and army commendation medal, among other service to our country. described by his troop commander as the epitome of the army officer and an airborne ranger, his love for the army and his country was always apparent. he was known as an officer who led by example and according to his squadron commander raised the spirits and motivation of all those who knew him.
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mr. speaker, it is proper that we pass this legislation to honor the memory of a true american hero, u.s. army captain rhett w. shill who are made the ultimate sacrifice promoting freedom and protecting our country. i urge all members to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i will continue to reserve. i see that the chief sponsor of this legislation has arrived and i'm certain he wants the opportunity to speak on it. so i will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves. and the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. cao: mr. speaker, i would like to yield as much time as he may consume, the author of this legislation, the gentleman from wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman. mr. ryan: i thank the gentleman from louisiana for his time and i thank my colleagues for doing this.
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as a chief sponsor of this, i rise in support of h.r. 5873 which would designate the united states postal facility at 218 north milwaukee street in waterford, wisconsin, as the captain rhett w. schiller post office. in 1999 i had the pleasure of appointing rhett, captain schiller, to the united states military academy at west point, an institution from which he subsequently graduated with a major in chinese. following his graduation, captain schiller was assigned to the 82nd airborne at fort bragg, first platoon leader in company b and later as an executive officer for company a of the third battalion parachute infantry regiment. in 2006 he was assigned to the fifth squadron 73 cavalry regiment, third brigade team. very cool. it was in this capacity that he was deployed to iraq as part of a reconnaissance surveillance and target acquisition team. on his 100th day in the country, while leading a squad of six
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paratroopers and six iraqi army soldiers, captain schiller's unit came under small arms fire during a canal cleaning operation. captain schiller was killed in action on november 16, 2006. he has earned the bronze star, the purple heart, the meritorious service medal, the army commendation medal, the national defense service medal, the iraqi campaign medal, global war on terrorism service medal, army service ribbon, the army ranger tab, expert infantryman badge, master parachutist badge and he graduated as the honor graduate from his reconnaissance and surveillance leadership course. captain schiller also qualified for the army commendation medal. i knew rhett schiller. he was young man coming out of waterford, wisconsin, and racine county, idealistic and patriotic.
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he became a leader in our military in the army. he served under the command of a very personal close friend of mine, colonel andy popis from janesville, wisconsin, who i grew up with who also went to west point and was his commander officer. when we heard about -- when we heard that he was killed in action, andy and i had emailed each other that time about this. y and emailed rhett's dad who put long years over there and from his own commanding officer who is a good friend of mine, this is a story of a man who was brave. this is a story of a man who cared about his country and who cared about the men and women he served with. and who put himself in harm's fire so that he could protect those around him, those he was serving with and this is the stuff that makes our country great. it is this kind of dedication
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this kind of sacrifice that the best and brightest within our communities come to the military to serve our country and all that it stands for. this is why we do these bills, why we do this dedication and why it is so wholly proper and fitting to dedicate this post office in waterford, wisconsin, the captain rhett schiller post office. i am so proud to do this, i am pleased that my entire wisconsin delegation are co-sponsors of this legislation so that we can have this proper and fitting mem morial. so that when young people go through the post office they will know that one among their ranks and their community stood up, offered bravery, service to country. and that is the kind of example that makes this country the freest, greatest, most exceptional and prosperous country in the world and i'm just so proud to have known
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rhett schiller and i'm so proud to actually sponsor this legislation. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin yields back his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers and we will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri continues to reserve. the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. cao: mr. speaker, i urge that all members support this very meaningful legislation to name the post office after a true american hero and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana yields back the remainder of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, again i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i want to thank our colleague from wisconsin for bringing to the attention of this body the service of captain rhett schiller to this country and i
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yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5873. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mr. clay: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. clay: mr. speaker, i move
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that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, s. 2868, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2868, an act to provide increased access to the general services administration's schedules program by the american red cross and state and local governments. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay, and the gentleman from louisiana, mr. cao, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay. mr. clay: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. clay: mr. speaker, from hurricane katrina to wildfires in california to the 9/11 attacks, our country faces disasters that try our people and our ability to help. to help them. s. 2868, the federal supply
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schedules usage act of 2009 provides the necessary tools to the organizations that respond to such disasters in a more efficient and effective manner. this bill will help our country's citizens during the times when they need it most. s. 2868 was introduced by senator joseph lieberman on december 12, 2009, and was reported by the senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs without amendment on may 17 2010 -- may 17, 2010. the senate passed s. 2868 by unanimous consent on may 24, 2010. the bill was there referred to the house committee on oversight and government reform where we worked in a bipartisan manner to get this important legislation to the house floor. s. 2868 authorizes the
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administrator of the g.s.a. to provide for the use of the federal supply schedules by the american national red cross, qualified disaster relief organizations and state and local governments for disaster preparedness and response. this bill seeks to enhance the ability of the american national red cross, all qualified disaster relief organizations and state and local governments to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters by giving them the ability to purchase specific goods and services. through the prenegotiated contract of the federal supply schedule. this will save them the administrative cost of negotiating individual agreements and allow them to leverage the economics of scale of the federal government's boying power. by saving these important -- buying power. by saving these important
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organizations' money, more money can be put directly toward helping people. all these disaster relief groups would be barred from the resale of any products purchased off the schedules and all of their purchases would be required to be in accordance with the ordering guidance of g.s.a. . at the end of the day s. 2868 provides the tools to organizations to help people in their most desperate times. this bill allows these essential organizations to focus their primary emphasis and resources to directly help people instead of spending time, energy, and money negotiating for products and certificate vs.is -- services at cost that is are higher than the government would pay for them. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. cao. mr. gow: thank you, mr. speaker. i -- mr. cao: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cao: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of s. 2868, the federal supply schedules usage act of 2010. mr. speaker, the federal supply schedules usage act of 2010 will allow the american red cross and other qualified nonprofits that engage in disaster relief to leverage the power of the federal government. more specifically, this bill grants the general services administration the authority to allow the american red cross and other organizations such as the salvation army and the catholic relief services the ability to purchase goods from the federal supply schedule. there is precedent for allowing government entities way sigh government entities, and certain public entities to provide goods and services from the federal supply schedule. over the years congress has given g.s.a. statutory authority to broaden access to
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the supply schedule. currently all executive agencies, the legislative branch, the district of columbia, tribe and tribal organizations, certain foreign governments, and quasi-governments such as the christopher columbus fellowship foundation, and the civil air patrol are eligible to use these schedules for certain purposes or under certain circumstances. when this bill game over from the senate, it was limited to the american red cross but during committee markup i offered an amendment expanding s. 2868 to make all qualified nonprofit organizations nationwide and local eledgible to purchase from the federal supply schedule. my district, louisiana second congressional district, located in new orleans, was devastated by hurricane katrina in 2005. in the wake of the hurricane, i
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observed the multitude of nonprofit organizations beyond the american red cross that provided disaster relief to the city. in addition to widely recognized national organizations, local relief organizations are also invaluable. they have on the ground knowledge of the greatest local needs and how to fulfill those needs. under this act, contracts for disaster relief are to be awarded to local contractors to the extent possible. that is why i introduced my amendment to expand access to the federal supply schedule to these local organizations. after the tragic earthquake in haiti, "the new york times" listed at least 41 large-scale disaster relief organizations to which americans could contribute. these organizations were filling a multitude of roles in haiti and supporting the u.s.
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government presence there. they also should be eligible to purchase goods and services from the schedule. my amendment and the bill in its entirety received unanimous support in committee. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support s. 2868, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, we have no more speakers. we yield back the balance of our time. mr. cao: i also yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. cao: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2868, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. without objection, the title is
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amended. the gentleman from -- for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. clay: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1522. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1522, resolution expressing support for designation of the last week of september as national her red taret breast and ovarian cancer week and the last wednesday of september as national previvor day. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay, and the gentleman from utah, chesapeake bay fits, each will control 20 minutes -- chaffetz each will control 20 minutes. mr. clay: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i now
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yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of house res. 1522, expressing support for national hereditary, breast, and ovarian cancer week, and national previvor day. this resolution will help to raise awareness of the risk of these aggressive cancers. many americans are at risk of developing these cancers over the course of their lifetime and the risk is even greater for those who are genetically predisposed to contract them. as the resolution notes, hereditary cancers can be more aggressive than other forms of cancer. and people may develop them at younger ages when they are less likely to undergo cancer screening. if cancer is diagnosed early, chances of surviving it can
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increase. i am pleased to join my colleagues to encourage early screening. house resolution 1522 was introduced by our colleague, the gentlewoman from florida, representative debbie wasserman schultz, on july 15, 2010, and was referred to the committee on oversight and government reform. it comes to the floor today with the support of over 80 co-sponsors and i thank the gentlewoman and would like to note that her tenacity in battling and surviving breast cancer should inspire all of us to work as hard as she did to preserve our health. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting house resolution 1522. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah, mr. chaffetz, is recognized. mr. chaffetz: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. chaffetz: thank you, mr. speaker. i lost my mother to cancer very young age, breast cancer. my father, a few months ago, was diagnosed with colon cancer. difficult to watch and see, but i rise today in strong support of this house resolution 1522, expressing support for the designation of the last week of september as national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week and the last wednesday of september of the national previvor day. i would first like to commend my colleague from florida who introduced this resolution, not only as a member of congress but as a cancer survivor and previvor herself for her courage and example. we appreciate it. i also thank chairman clay for his leadership and ability to work together and bring this resolution to the floor. this resolution gives this body an opportunity to raise awareness of hereditary cancers of all kinds, informing as many
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people as we can of the possibility that they are or a loved one may have a genetic predisposition for cancer that can lead to preventive strategy that is may significantly reduce the chance of an individual dying from cancer. even though it was before my allotted age of 50 when i was a young kid say do some screening, i recently went and got a colonoscopy and i'll bear you the details that have procedure, i can tell you that it is well worth it to not only have the piece of mind but do the responsible thing for our families and get checked for these types of cancers that can go undetected with really no symptoms. i'm glad i did it and i'm grateful for the medical practice that is we have in this country to be able to do that. mr. speaker, an astounding number of women in this country, approximately one in eight, suffer from breast cancer, will suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives. this year alone an estimated 209,000 women will be diagnosed with a potentially deadly ailment. while the number of deaths
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attributed to breast cancer has declined since 1990, roughly 40,000 women are still expected to die this year from the disease. breast cancer is the leading cause of death of women under the age of 54. my mother passed away she was only 52. mr. speaker, while not as common as it is in women, let us not forget about the men who also will suffer from breast cancer. while less than 1% of new breast cancer cases are found in men, this number was still almost 2000 in the year -- 2,000 in the year 2008. ovarian cancer poses another major medical threat to women in this country. each year in the united states over 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 15,000 die from the disease. it accounts for roughly 3% of cancer diagnosises in women in the united states. it is the ninth most common cancer among women. the great yet risk factor is family history of the disease. mr. speaker, approximately /4 of a million people in this
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country are carriers for a gene muteation that causes a predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. women that have one face nearly an 84% chance of suffering from breast cancer at some point during their lives. furthermore, women who have the braca genetic muteation have a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer, roughly 5% to 7% of breast cancer and 10% to 14% of ovarian cancer cases are hereditary. more than 1/3 of jewish women diagnosed with ovarian or primary cancer at any age are diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 have been found to be the carriers of the inherited muteation. mr. speaker, the other purposes of this resolution is to recognize those known as previvors. according to a nonprofit organization, they are individuals who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer but who haven't had the disease.
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these individuals have a known predisposition for cancer such as the family history or hereditary genetic muteation and must live with a unique set of emotional and medical issues. previvors are forced to make difficult medical decisions throughout their life and a life most will never know. mr. speaker, i again commend the colleague -- my colleague from florida for interduringing -- introducing this resolution. i applaud her brave fight against breast cancer and her continued campaign to increase companser awareness and combat this disease. i urge all members to join me in support of house resolution 1522. at this point i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from utah for promoting awareness of cancer screening. it is important. also i want to yield five minutes to the chief sponsor of this legislation and one of the
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most courageous colleagues we have because she is a survivor, the the gentlewoman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for five minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman clay, for your very kind remarks. congressman chaffetz, thank you very much for taking the lead on your side of the aisle. let me just express grief that i know you felt for the loss of your mother. i have shared that grief with so many women since i shared my own personal story, hopefully the resolution that we have today will raise awareness so that we can continue to catch more cancer earlier so that we can have more survivors in the united states. let me also commiserate with you on the experience that i had for a colonoscopy which wasn't any fun but is absolutely necessary. so thank you for mentioning
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that, too. although we'll spare the gory details for everyone. suffice it to say it's not a fun experience but one that's very necessary. i rise today to offer h.r. 1522, expressing support for designation of the last week of september, this year being the week of september 26, as national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week and the last wednesday of september as national previvor day. of all the cancers that affect women, roughly 10% are caused by genetic factors. though this percentage is small the risk for this group as you just heard is huge. women with hereditary risk factors for breast cancer carry an 85% lifetime risk of developing the disease. for ovarian cancer, most women have about a 1.5% lifetime chance of developing the disease. for those with hereditary risk factors, that chance can be as high as 50%. as i learned almost three years ago, i am one of those women.
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. together with my colleagues and inspirational organizations and the young survival coalition, this resolution gives a voice to these women and brings awarnse to the risks of hereditary cancer. as i've said many times and as so many of my colleagues have said on the floor so many times, knowledge is power. hereditary cancer syndrome describes an inherited gene mutation. the main hereditary breast and ovarian syndromes are caused by mutations in one of two genes. bracket one or bracket two i'm a bracket two carrier, which substantially increases the risk for cancer and slightly increase the risk for other kinds of cancer. for women with a hereditary risk of cancer, it a often strikes at an earlier age when they're less likely to expect it but when the cancer is more aggressive and deadly. these young women with a heightened jeopardy ethic risk are known as previvor.
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i was 41 when i discovered that i had breast cancer. because my cancer was discovered so early, i may have only needed minimal treatment. however, as a jewish woman, of a woman of eastern european jewish dissent, i was at a higher risk of carrying a bracket mutation. at the time, i did not know of my increased risk for carrying the bracket gene mutation. but i was fortunate that once diagnosed with breast cancer i had access to experts that helped me learn more about what the bracket gene mutation meant for me. genetic testing confirms the worst. unfortunately i had hereditary cancer which dramatically increased my chances of a recurrence of breast cancer and getting ovarian cancer as well. facing my disease i have become both a survivor and a previvor. as a mother of three beautiful children, mr. speaker, i wanted to make sure that i'd be around to see them grow up.
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i faced tough choices but seven major surgeries later i have dramatically reduced the chances that my own cancer will come back. fortunately there ares ors -- organizations like the young survival coalition that support young women as previvors and of survivors of cancer. these organizations bring essential awareness to these issues and help women at risk by providing the information, support and the voice they need to help survive their hereditary risk. as i said before, knowledge is power. it is also why with the help of 377 co-sponsors in the house, i filed the breast cancer education and awareness that requires learning young act known as the early act to. bring this message of awareness and knowledge to the forefront of the story of cancer and i'm proud that the early act is now the law of the land. with the odds stacked against them, young preprivers need to know their risks. it is our responsibility to empower these women, to know their bodies, speak up about their health and work together to wipe out these deadly diseases.
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i believe this resolution will help in that effort. national previvor day and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week which bridges september's ovarian cancer awareness month and october's breast cancer awareness month will bring added awareness to the risk of genetic cancers and i urge all of my colleagues to join me in support of this and let me add before i close that i'm thrilled to see that our colleague from connecticut, congresswoman rosa delauro, had joined us on the floor in support of this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i don't believe we have additional speakers so i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kilroy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized. ms. kilroy: thank you. i rise today in support of house
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resolution 1522 which expresses support for the designation of national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week and national previvor day. i'm proud to be a could he sponsor of this resolution -- co-sponsor of this resolution which will raise critical awareness about hereditary cancer and increase knowledge about genetic predispositions which mau may put some individuals at particular risk. just as an aside i just want to take note that when we passed our health care bill we made it much more likely that people will get the information to find out about whether they have a genetic predisposition. without that health care bill which would prohibit discrimination on the base of a preexisting condition, many women and men might be afraid to learn more about their genetic histories. but this is critically important information. about how you would be able to address certain signs and symptoms, heightened awareness about your particular situation.
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we all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and we understand the devastating impact that the diagnosis can have on patients and loved ones. i've been through it with my family, with a very close person in my family, with respect to ovarian cancer. and my husband's young cousin is struggling with breast cancer right now. and one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime and in 2010 alone nearly 1.5 million americans will be diagnosed with cancer. although we've made great strides in recent years in finding in treatments, we must support efforts to find a genetic mutation that increases the likelihood that some people develop cancer in their lifetime. we need to work on cures we need to work on treatments, but finding causes is critical important as well. we also must encourage everyone to know as much as they can about their own family histories. so they can work with their
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physicians and get the necessary and timely screenings as early as possible. hereditary cancers can strike at younger ages. i really appreciate this opportunity and, thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: mr. speaker, at this time i now yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from connecticut. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized for three minutes. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i rise in support of declaring the last week of september to be national hereditary breast and ovarian cancer week and the last wednesday of september to be national previvor day. i want to thank my colleagues who have spoken this morning and all of whom have dealt in some way with the issue of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or maybe
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some other form of cancer. it is probably the worst day of your life when you're given a cancer diagnosis. you're not listening to what any doctor says, you're only consumed with understanding whether or not you're going to live or die or what is going to happen to your family. if such a death should occur. and after heart disease, cancer is still the second leading cause of death in america. breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosis. in 2006, over 40,000 women died from this disease. ovarian cancer, meanwhile, is the fifth most common cancer among women. close to 14,000 of our friends and family are expected to perish from ovarian cancer this year. perhaps the saddest thing about these numbers is that some of these deaths are readily preventable. thanks to modern science we know much more about the genetic and hereditary precursors of these
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cancers. and can identify the women most at risk, the previvors, who are predisposed to develop them. we also know that women who catch their ovarian cancer at an earlier stage are over three times more likely to survive the disease than those who do not. sadly, over 60% of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 1999 and 2006 fell into this latter category. similarly, women diagnosed with breast cancer early are more than four times more likely to survive the disease than women diagnosed at a later stage. and yet one in five women over age 50 have not had a mammogram in the past two years. we have worked to address these troubling statistics with the preventive care reform and the affordable care act. but there is no substitute for awareness and that is why i strongly support this resolution and enurge all women and particularly previvors with a
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genetic disposition for these cancers to get tested early and get tested often. 24 years ago, it was an early diagnosis of ovarian cancer that saved my life. it was accidental. it should not be accidental. people should not survive by accident. it is so critically important that this resolution pass. we can save, we can save women and we save women and we save their families and i urge my colleagues. i was lucky. my life was given back to me. gave me a second chance. let's give our family, the women in this country a first chance and a second chance to survive. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the
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balance of her time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge us all to support this important resolution. this is something that should truly unite us in this fight. we continue to build awareness and encourage people to get checked. our hearts and prayers go out to those loved ones who are suffering from this but there is great hope and i just urge my colleagues to get behind this resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, in closing i want to thank my colleagues, the gentlewomen from florida, ohio and connecticut, for lending their voice to this issue and raising the level of aye awareness throughout this country -- of awareness throughout this country, as far as the dreaded disease of cancer is concerned. and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 1522. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mr. clay: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. clay: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. mr. clay: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. clay: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 5366. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 338, h.r. 5366, a bill to require the proposal for
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debarment for contracting with the federal government of persons violating the foreign corrupt practices act of 1977. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay, and the gentleman from utah, mr. chaffetz, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. clay: mr. speaker, contractors have been tarnishing the name of our good country by bribing foreign officials with the very tax dollars our country pays them. in our effort to went hearts and minds of the people of foreign countries, we must show that we take integrity and honesty seriously. as such we must take action against those contractors who
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hinder our efforts and inappropriately utilize the money we pay them. h.r. 5366, the overseas contractor reform act, will provide the government with the means to appropriately respond to those contractors. h.r. 5366 was introduced by my colleague, representative peter welch, on may 20, 2010, and referred to the committee on oversight and government reform where we worked hard to get this important legislation to the house floor. this bill requires that any person convicted of violating the foreign corrupt practices act of 1977 be proposed for debarment from any further contracts or grants with the federal government within 30 days after final judgment of the violation. the bill defines final judgment
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as occurring when all fields of the judgment have been determined or all the time fulfilling such appeals has expired. so there's no question regarding the person's guilt. additionally this bill authorizes the head of a federal agency to issue a waiver allowing contractor grants to be awarded to the contractors but the agency head must justify the decision and report the waiver and accompany justification to congress within 30 days. . this bill also makes it policy that no federal contracts or grants should be awarded to any individuals or companies who violate the foreign corrupt practices act. this policy statement sends a strong message to all that such waste, fraud, and abuse will not be tolerated. this bill helps fight the waste of tax dollars, protect the image of country, and helps
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assure fair play and competition for contracts. h.r. 5366 is a commonsense, good government bill and i encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting it. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chaffetz: i rise today in support of 5366, the overseas contractor reform act. the oversight and government reform committee over the years has uncovered numerous intanses in which government continues doing business with bad actors. this legislation will augment the u.s. government's efforts to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in contracting. it will ensure that we are awarding contracts and grants only to parties with integrity. the bill requires the federal agency to propose the debarment from receiving any grants or contracts a person or entity
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found in vie lavings foreign corruption practices act. it makes it a crime to offer a bribe to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business from a foreign government since the passage of the foreign corrupt passage act, the fraud section of the department of justice has prosecuted individuals and entities accused of bribing foreign officials. these parties are now subject to fines and although proposed debarment was already a possible consequence, this bill sends a message to congress without questions these agencies to take administrative action against parties convicted of violating the foreign corrupt practices act. this bill also provides agencies with the modicum of flexibility. it finds the best interest of the government to waive the requirement a waiver is permissible. however the agency must report the waiver to congress and provide a justification. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5366. at this time i reserve the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: we have no further speakers. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: i don't believe we have any additional speakers at this time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: mr. speaker, i again urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5366. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules -- the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested.
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all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 , further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. clay: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, house resolution 1612. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1612. resolution expressing the support for and honoring september 17, 2010, as constitution day. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr.
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clay, and the gentleman from utah, mr. chaffetz, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: it is no exaggeration to say that the united states constitution is one of the most important documents in history. it's framework for our representative and democratic system of government has served the american people well for over two centuries, making it the oldest federal constitution still in use in the world. its separation of powers, checks, and balances and preservation of rights has been an example of burgeoning democracies everywhere. i think that all americans
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should take time to read and study the constitution. the values and principles it enshrines are central to our nation's identity. house resolution 1612 was introduced on september 14, 2010, by my colleague, representive bob latta of ohio. it enjoys the bipartisan support of 50 co-sponsors. and i'm sure that my colleagues will agree that it is a privilege for us to serve in this chamber serving, protecting, and defending the united states constitution. and i am glad that we are taking the opportunity today to honor that most treasured document. in closing, let us all be sure to keep the principles of the constitution in our hearts and on our minds every day as we continue to work for a more perfect union. thank you, madam speaker. i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of house resolution 1612, expressing the support for and honoring september 17, 2010, as constitution day. madam speaker, i first would like to commend my distinguished colleague from ohio, mr. latta, for introducing this bipartisan resolution for the second year in a row. it serves as an important reminder of the ideals and principles contained within a document that we have all sworn to uphold and protect. madam speaker, friday marks the 223 anniversary of the signing of the constitution of the united states of america. september 17, 1787, 12 state delegations comprising a total of 39 delegates to the constitution convention in philadelphia, pennsylvania, signed an historic document that has guided our nation for centuries. while this concluded the constitutional convention, the
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constitution didn't truly take effect until new hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it on june 21, 178 . some 4,400 words the constitution is not only the shortest charter for government of any major country in the world, but also the oldest. madam speaker, it's truly remarkable that a document authored over two centuries ago has been able to stand the test of time and continues to provide a foundation for our nation even to this day. i encourage every american to take time this friday to celebrate and remember the freedoms and values contained within this document that sadly we have all too often taken for granted. madam speaker, it is truly an honor and privilege to be able to speak on the floor of the house of representatives about the constitution and i urge all members to join me in the strong support of this resolution. at this point, madam speaker, i'd like to reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: madam speaker, we have no further speakers on
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this side. i will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. we have two additional speakers. at this time i'd like to yield to the prime sponsor of this, the distinguished gentleman from ho, mr. lat why. -- from ohio, mr. latta, i yield him as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i appreciate his kind words. madam speaker, i'm honored to rise today in support of house resolution 1612 which honors our united states constitution on september 17 as constitution day. in the not too recent past too many people in this country i really don't think knew what was in this document. as the gentleman just previously said, about 4,400 words. that's all it is. but i think it was the last couple years more and more people are turning to it to find out exactly what is in here and how this place
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operates. and how this country operates. i think it's important because i have always been a student of history. i think it's important that we know where we came from to know where we are going. and i think it's important that folks recognize on september 17 , just start reading through it. we give out a lot of constitutions. this coming friday when we are all back in our districts again, back in my district talking to the school, then from there i'm going to go to a university in my district and talk about the constitution. what it means to us. but i think it's important that people know what it is because again, as i said, people have got to understand how we are and why we are the way we are. as the gentleman has said, this document has been in existence since -- for 223 years from september 17. this little bit of background how we got here. james madison when he was still
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in virginia he wanted to have -- they really understood that the articles of confederation weren't working in this country. there was a dispute going on and they wanted to get something worked out with maryland and they sat down and came up with an idea of having some kind of get together and meeting in philadelphia. the question arose at that time when they going to a, look at the articles of confederation and try to amend those. that's what a lot of delegates that attended thought they were doing. or as madison thought, we are going to sit down and bring forth a great new document that would get us past that trying time in our country's history and move us forward. there's great debate because in 1787 in may of that year, and as members were coming in the delegates were coming in from around the country, the 13 states, we shouldn't be doing this or shouldn't be doing that because we are only supposed to be here for the articles of confederation, but folks started sitting down and
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looking at the issue. as they were looking at this, more and more people came to the conclusion madison had. he had gone there prepared. it was amazing what he had done. if you look at his background and what madison was, but he went there, he had gone through the ancient charters going back to greece, rome, across the world looking at the best that was there at that time that they could exam testimony -- examine. he brought those with him and debates began. there were debates and discussion. the discussion was only among the members because during that time we said we don't want to get this get out. they closed the doors. shut the windows. you have to remember this is one of the hottest years they had on record for a summer in philadelphia. they closed the windows, posted guards at the door. they didn't want anybody to know what the discussions were. everybody was under a secrecy they would not discuss it as being said in there at that time. as we know it, complete press
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blackout. some of the members got disgruntled some went home. some came back. some said i'm fed up this. we shouldn't be doing what we are doing and left. but the ones that stuck it out, the one that is stuck it out are the ones we owe where we are today. when you start looking at this document, people that resided over that constitution convention. george washington being the presiding officer, and also the deputy from virginia, you look at some of the other individuals, the alexander hamilton from new york. again min franklin. governor morris from pennsylvania. james madison. we all know the father of our constitution. these individuals made sure that they put forth a document that we would have and adhere to today. there were a lot of people at that time around the world were looking at this country and say can it exist and survive? but this little document, these
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4 k. 400 words showed the world what we were as americans. there was a lot of conflict and a lot of things they could not come to a resolution during that time. slavery was one. they hoped at some point in time that americans come to a resolution of that. as we saw this document progress during that time, when they finally on september 17, 1787, finally came to the resolution they signed the document. it's interesting because it's reported when benjamin franklin left constitution hall a women met him outside, mr. franklin, i'm paraphrasing, what have you given us? he said to her, a republic, if you can keep it. so for these past 233 years in this country -- excuse me 223 years, it's been important that every generation read this document to understand who we are and why we are preserving it. it's so important in my opinion that on september 17, this
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coming week, that we honor the constitution with constitution day and i would urge everyone to sit down, get their little pocket constitution, and just read it and thank those individuals who, in my opinion, the good lord gave us such a small window of time to put so many great minds in one room and give us this great document. i yield back. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . the gentleman from utah has 18 minutes remaining. the gentleman from missouri has eight minutes. the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam
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speaker. i'd like to yield as much as he may consume, the distinguished colleague from new jersey, mr. garrett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. garrett: i thank you. i, too, rise today to celebrate this the 223rd anniversary of the constitution. for over two centuries ago, 39 founding fathers signed a document that established a framework for the free and brave society that we have in this united states of america. it was in the late 18th century when the 13 colonies were suffering from heavy trade regulations and increasing taxes, revenues being sent back to war-ravaged england and american col nists were exacerbated which was described as taxation without representation. it was john adams that described this as the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world had ever seen. our founding fathers made the first modern attempt at a republican democracy in human history. these brave visionaries
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succeeded in designing a government that would be the model of the free world white up in the current day. see, our newly ratified constitution posed a challenge to the aged old political belief. and that was equally distribute powers between three branches of government, to form a limited form of government with checks and balances and facilitate that the states and people would retain all other power and authority not specifically delegated to those in washington. it was james madison who considered this a government to control the govern but in the same breath and next place to oblige it to control itself. you know, unfortunately, the intrinsic values which made our country prosperous nation as it is today has been threatened since the constitution signing. our supreme court over across the street once called the guardians of the constitution by alexander hamilton had removed protections. big government politicians in
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this legislative and executive branch have created so many new government bureaucracies that our annual federal spending right now has surpassed 37% of g.d.p. the rules that our founding fathers put in place are now severely in jeopardy. as the founder of the constitution caucus in washington my goal has always been to keep the constitution in the forefront in modern day politics. but without its influence we do not possess the groundwork needed to keep our country strong and free as we all desire. it was abraham lincoln who famously said, qunt -- don't interfere with the constitution. it's the only safeguard of our liberties. well, i promise to keep that essential document integrated into our policy decisions, anyone that i make, and i look forward to keeping that shining city on the hill, as our founding fathers created.
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this day 223 years ago. i thank you all and may god bless america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: madam speaker, i will continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: madam speaker, we have no additional speakers. i just urge my colleagues to please get behind us and support it it. this is something that should unite us. the beauty and profound nature of the constitution, the very first three words, we the people, that is something that is so profound and inspired us in this nation. i ask everybody to get behind us and support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. clay: madam speaker, in closing i'd like to thank my colleague from ohio for bringing this legislation to the attention of the body, and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to
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house resolution 1512. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. clay: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution is agreed to. mr. clay: madam speaker, i object. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 3656. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 3656, an act to amend the agricultural marketing act of 1946 to improve the reporting on sales of livestock and dairy products, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may
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have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on the bill s. 3656. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from georgia. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: i want to thank you, madam speaker. the mandatory price reporting act of 2010 will authorize for five years the mandatory price reporting programs run by the united states department of agriculture. this act requires sales information to be reported and published in a timely fashion, allowing livestock buyers and sellers to make more informed decisions. the mandatory price reporting act of 2010 adds mandatory reporting for wholesale pork cuts and pork exports. it also requires usda to
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establish an electronic reporting system for dairy product so that price information is made available more quickly. and, madam speaker, re-authorizing mandatory price reporting programs provides producers with the transparent, accurate and timely market information they need, and i urge passage of the mandatory price reporting act of 2010, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from. mr. lucas: madam speaker, s. 3656, the mandatory price reporting act of 2010, is a straightforward five-year re-authorization of a program that began with passage of the original legislation in 1999. the original act came as a result of many months of negotiations between a broad
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array of industry participants and required packers to report livestock purchase prices to usda's agricultural marketing service. both producers and packers agree that mandatory price reporting plays an important role in a transparent, accurate, timely decisionmaking for participants in today's livestock market. this program was last re-authorized during the 109th congress. as with that original legislation, subsequent re-authorization or amendment, s. 3656 represents a consensus view of many producer and packer interest with a direct stake in the reporting program. anyone familiar with the animal -- with animal agriculture knows how challenging it can be to have this many competing interests from producers to processors achieve an agreement. s. 3656 will make some small
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changes to the existing reporting program. first, reporting of wholesale pork cuts will be required for the first time. the details of this new rule will be worked out in the rulemaking process. second, there will now be reporting on a weekly basis of pork exports. finally, the legislation directs the secretary to implement an electronic system of dairy price reporting in the absence of an appropriation for this purpose. companion legislation, h.r. 5852, passed the house agriculture committee on july 28. since mandatory price reporting expires on september 30, it's timely that we are acting now today. with that, madam speaker, i would serve notice to my colleague i have no additional speakers and i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i, too, have no further speakers.
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i just urge my colleagues to pass this very timely and needed bill to modernize our marketing system and to bring transparency to our buyers and purchasers within our livestock industry, within the animal agriculture industry. it's important for our nation. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. lucas: madam speaker, with that i'd advocate passage of the legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to pass senate 3656. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, and the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3519, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3519, a bill to amend the national agricultural research, extension and teaching policy act of 1977 to establish a grant program to promote efforts to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from iowa, mr. boswell, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, will each control 20 minutes.
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the chair now recognizes the gentleman from iowa. mr. boswell: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on the bill h.r. 3519. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from iowa. mr. boswell, madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from iowa. mr. boswell: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and i i yield myself such time as i may consume. i think we've done that so i rise today in strong support of h.r. 3519, the veterinarian services investment act which was introduced by my good friend and colleague from mr. smith from nebraska. it secures our nation's food supply. our veterinary work force is responsible for ensuring the food we eat is safe.
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but they are facing a critical shortage in the public, private, economic sectors. they are truly on the front lines of food safety, public health, animal health and national security. the demand for large animal veterinarians are increasing and the lack of specialists around the country will continue to put our agriculture economy and the safety of our food supply at risk. i know firsthand. it is important to farmers and ranchers. when i left the army i returned to my family farm and realized that it had changed. i decided to sit down with my local veterinarian and to talk about the new science and research. i was lucky because in a small time in decatur county we had a food, animal veterinarian i could turn to.
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however, not so many are lucky today. we are experiencing a shortage in large food animal veterinarians across the country. i tried to work the shortage of livestock and large animal veterinarians. research has shown that the demand for large animal veterinarians will increase by 13% with every -- four in every 100 positions remaining vacant. with over 250 graduates of veterinarians going into livestock related fields, this is a problem that affects not only rural america but also our major cities. these large animal veterinarians is the first line of defense of outbreaks that can occur to cause serious health problems. they can identify, treat and prevent naturally occurring diseases but are also on the front line of agriculture terrorism. for all these reasons above, i urge my colleagues to join me in passing the veterinary services investment act today. this legislation will authorize
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grants to address work force shortages based on the needs of underserved areas. for example, grants could be used to recruit veterinarians and veterinary technicians in shortage areas in communities. they can add veterinarians expanding and establishing practices in high-need areas. it can establish mobile, portable clinics and televet services and establish education programs, including continuing education, distance education and recruitment in veterinary science. our nation faces major challenges to relieve veterinary shortages, and the veterinarian services investment act is the stip step in the right direction. i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 3519, the veterinarian services investment act, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3519, the veterinarian services investment act, and i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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since the fall of 2000, the committee on agriculture has worked on ways in resolving the serious veterinary shortage problem confronting many rural communities. . with the pattages of the medical services act in 2003, a program was final authorized to incentivize veterinarians to practice in communities that usda designate as veterinarian shortage areas. with this program in place large animal veterinarians are able to apply on a competitive basis a repayment loan in exchange for a commitment to practice in shortage areas as established by the regulation. while it's unfortunate it took almost six years for the usda to establish a final rule, i'm optimistic when the first awards are issued in the coming weeks we'll continue a slowdown hopefully, reverse this problem. to the extent that the loan program is successful, it's important to consider that this was just the first step. while this assistance will be very helpful in attracting
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veterinarians to these communities, there remain gaps in veterinarian regrumet, attracting and training technical support staff, and simply meeting the long-term costs of operating veterinarian practices in these communities. the veterinarian services investment act is meant to address the secondary needs and is designed to complement the loan repayment program to help large animal veterinarians become established in these communities. this bill recognizes and addresses a real problem in rural america and i'm proud to be an original co-sponsor. i support this legislation and i encourage all of my colleagues to do the same. and would serve note to my colleagues i have one additional speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from iowa is recognized. mr. boswell: continue to reserve my time. go ahead -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa reserves his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: madam speaker, i yield whatever time he may consume to my colleague from
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nebraska who has done an outstanding job of shepherding this bill through, understands the challenges in his state and rural communities across america, and is trying to do something. i yield to the gentleman from nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized. mr. smith clo -- mr. smith: thank you for yielding. the need for skilled veterinarians has already been stated and many communities may not be at the forefront of debate here in washington, but it is an issue which impacts many areas of our country and many aspects of our lives. our food animal veterinary work force is on the frontlines of food safety, public health, and animal health. the profession is facing a critical shortage in all sectors. to make matters worse, the problem is on the rise. large animal veterinarians in particular are integral to small rural communities, but in many communities, communities with few people but large numbers of animals, we are seeing a very distressing trend. according to the usda
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nebraska's cherry counting, one of the top beef producing counties, has 145,000 animals per one veterinarian. to this end i introduced h.r. 3519, the veterinarian services investment act with mr. aboutswell and the legislation authorizes the secretary ofing a -- of agriculture to award grants and sustain veterinarian services. though we may not realize it, veterinarians make a difference every day. they understand animals and are integral parts of our rural community. unfortunately too many rural communities don't have this necessary support. this investment act will make a difference and i urge its passage. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from iowa is recognized. mr. boswell: i continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa reserves the time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: having no additional
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speakers i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back his time. the gentleman from iowa is recognized. mr. boswell: thank you, madam speaker. just a couple things before we close. there are estimated 283 million pets and it.3 billion farm animals in our country. there are nearly 86,000 veterinarians in the u.s., however the majority focus on pets. cats and dogs. 28 veterinary schools in the country. something that's very important to this legislation. veterinary graduates have an average debt of $120,000. i think this is something we all be aware of. food safety and so-on. the demand for large animal veterinarians is increasing and the lack of these will continue to put our agriculture economy in the safety of our food supply at risk. h.r. 3519, veterinary services act, will help address this
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shortage and continue to ensure americans have access to safest, most plentyiful, and available food supply in the world. so i urge all my colleagues to support this important legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. -- the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3519. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? >> i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.res. 1613, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1613, resolution expressing condolences to and solidarity
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with the people of pakistan in the aftermath of the devastating floods that began on july 22, 2010. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. burro -- burrow, and the gentleman from utah, mr. chaffetz, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. burrow: i ask unanimous consent that that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from georgia. mr. burrow: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in strong support of this resolution and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. burrow: on july 22, 2010, pakistan began to experience devastating flooding which led to severe humanitarian crisis. thus far over 20 million pakistans have been affected resulting in the deaths of over 1,750 people. and left 800,000 cut off from assistance. the flood submerged 1/5 of the
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country and damaged or destroyed over 1.8 million homes along with countless schools, farms, and businesses. the government of pakistan says the flooding has affected 30% of all agricultural land and could reduce by up to one half pakistan's economic growth rate for the current fiscal year. further destabling a nation already beset by economic challenges. the united states has already responded with relief and recovery funds. food and medical supplies and logistical support. governments and humanitarian aid from around the world have mobilized to provide much needed assistance to the relief and recovery efforts. we hope all committee friends of pakistan are able to galvanize additional support and recovery and subsequent reconstruction efforts. in addition to recognizing the devastating um pact of the floods, this resolution emphasizes the importance of a robust and long-term strategic partnership between the united states and pakistan.
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the enduring people to people and governmental ties between our two countries and our long-standing support for a democratic, stable, and prosperous pakistan. madam speaker, i urge all my colleagues to support this bipartisan resolution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized. the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of this timely resolution and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: thank you, madam speaker. the raging floodwaters that have battered much of pakistan since late july are finally beginning to recede. but the challenges are no less daunting. they may even greater as pakistan and its friends look at the full magnitude of this calamity. the monsoon floods that struck the river have caused enormous damage to the economy and the people of pakistan. the numbers are staggering. nearly 20 million people have been affected by the floods,
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including millions of men, women, and children who have been physically displace interested their homes and -- and homes destroyed from the ravages of the rampaging waters. as one pakistani commentator noted, in the disaster, survivors have engaged in apratt daily struggle for food and shelter, as well as the battle against deadly disease, end quote. pakistan's already shaky economy has been dealt a body plow. widespread losses to agriculture and life stock. the floods have also wreaked havoc on the infrastructure with bridges and roads cut off. power stations shut down, and gas and petroleum supplies suspended. in this dire circumstance, the united states has responded generously and with great dispatch to assist the people of pakistan in their hour of need. the executive branch has mobilized expertise and resources of the department of state, defense, and usaid. while the private sector including pakistani americans,
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religious communities, and nongovernment organizations are providing impressive financial and onthe ground assistance -- on-the-ground assistance. the friends abroad once the full extents of pakistan's rehabilitation and reconstruction needs become known. madam speaker, the enormity of this tragedy for the pakistani people is grounds enough to merit a robust and compassionate response by the united states of america. and the people. our hearts go out to the millions of victims whose lives have been literally uprooted by the havoc that accompanies this unprecedented flooding. at the same time, we need to be mindful that pakistan is also a close friend and ally. it plays a large role in the united states strategic policy towards afghanistan and the broader reaches of south and central asia. it is a country that remains engaged in a deadly struggle against violent extremists seeking to destabilize its already fractured society. it is a nuclear weapon state
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which the success of democratic government bear directly on our own homeland security. to be sure, this is an enormously complex relationship. madam speaker, in this context it is clear that the united states needs to remain deeply engaged with pakistan and the pakistani people as they recover from the ravages of this crisis, including through continued humanitarian aid and related forms of effective, transparent, and targeted assistance. i therefore support the passage of this resolution. i urge my colleagues to get behind this resolution. at this time, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. . >> i'd like to ask unanimous consent that the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, would like to control the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the distinguished gentleman from georgia and let me thank him very much for his very important statement on this
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important resolution and as well i'd like to thank the chairman of our full committee, mr. berman, and the ranking member of our full committee, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the manager of this legislation for the minority for the words that i believe are enormously important. let me indicate to my colleagues that this may be the most important -- one of the most important and devastating humanitarian crisis that we have faced over the time frame that we have been in congress. and let me say this. we have gone through hurricane katrina and rita. as i stand here today, there are a number of hurricanes that are in the gulf region. we add our sympathy to the people in california experiencing an enormous and terrible explosion. to my friend from utah, he knows that those dear friends have experienced their own share of concerns and certainly
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with natural disasters. and so we don't take anything away from the suffering of the american people or others. many of us remember the tsunami for all of our communities where were engaged in trying -- were engaged in trying to get our hands around that natural disaster and trying to help. but as many have expressed as they've come back to the united states from pakistan, madam speaker, i can assure you that this is so large that it is without description. and the reason is because we know that there was rain, we know there was a flood or flooding. but we probably are not aware that the water has remained in place in so much and so many areas of pakistan that it equals the size of states like rhode island. so we have people who cannot return even to look to see what remains -- what losses they have experienced or to even
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begin to recover and to prevail. i would encourage my colleagues to see the extent of that damage by way of a presentation that is being made today for, the pakistan flood disaster photo exhibit, which i'll share one picture, and you can go to the rayburn foyer all day today and see the depths of the devastation. i want to thank you, madam speaker, as i rise today in strong support of h.res. 1630, expressing condolences to and solidarity with the people of pakistan in the aftermath of the devastating floods that began on july 22, 2010. and i'd like to thank my colleague, chairman berman, for introducing this important and timely resolution, which i offer and know that many have co-sponsored, including myself. on july 22, pakistan experienced one of the heaviest monsoon rains in at least 80
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years in the region. for those that have been to islamabad, karachi, we understand the terrain of that nation and realize that is unspeakable in its description. it triggered both flash floods and river flooding throughout pakistan leading to widespread displacement and contamination of water source. madam speaker, we have spoken about the value of clean water for many years. as a member of the foreign affairs committee but as well in general in this congress. and i will tell you that as pakistani americans have come to my office, they have said the most deadly aspect of this flood is for mothers and babies and children and families not to be able to have clean water. and, therefore, disease being spread through lack of clean water. seeing malnourished children but who children who are likewised devastated not having water, suffering from infection and disease. the flooding has caused the
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humanitarian crisis by economic proportion which aid agencies assert in a greater human impact in pakistan's earthquake in 2005. the indian ocean tsunami of 2004 and the recent earthquake in haiti combined. more than 1,750 people have been killed, 2,700 have been injured and millions of men, women and children have been displaced. let me make it clear, we do not diminish haiti, the tsunami or the earthquake. what we're saying is that the disaster that we speak of today is ongoing. as there are in other places around the world, but ongoing to the extent that people who want to help to come in and help and be part of recovery cannot get to where they need to be. moreover, the flooding is expected to intensify as rains continue. for example, earlier rainfall in the north has led to rising
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levels in the river and is expected to could he inside with the flood -- coinside with the flood disaster. 1/5 of pakistan is submerged in water destroying critical infrastructure, schools, homes, hospitals, businesses and farms. my heartfelt condolences go out to the families in pakistan and those individuals in the united states who have loved ones in the area. i'm urging our government to offer resources and expertise, including assistance and recovery efforts to help our friends in pakistan make it through this tragic episode. we're now discussing how we provide new technology to uncontaminate the water. and i hope that the state department will receive the information that my office has to work on this new technology and literally carry it over to be able to decontaminate this water and to provide clean water to the ref eugene camps but also to those who may have
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been able to cake make it close to where their home was. i have been working with the state department to release humanitarian funds and ask additional funds for pakistan to be reprogrammed in order to bowleser relief and reconstruction -- bolster relief and reconstruction efforts. i want to mention our chairman and ranking member who have never stepped away from the international devastation that so many of our friends experience. the foreign affairs committee has stood front and center to work with the senate, work with the administration to ensure that the face and the friendship of the united states is front and center on these terrible disasters. i thank the committee again. i also wrote a letter to president obama with representative dan burton, my fellow co-chair of the pakistan caucus, expressing our deep concern of the humanitarian crisis in pakistan and ask them to expedite the flow of aid. and i'd like to ask the president to aid pakistan -- to
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add pakistan to his trip to south asia, which is planned for the fall, and hope we can join with him. the key is, how can we find solutions? and i would ask that we as americans not be defined as small, new postscripts suggests, that we are not contributing to the aid of the pakistani people. first of all, we are moving emergency dollars, but i also hope that we can draw upon americans caring and individual commitment so we can send a mercy plane stocked with medicine and baby formula and clothing for children and school supplies in short order to this devastated region. in houston, a number of my constituents met as part of the pakistan caucus who commit themselves to this great humanitarian effort. and we would call upon all who can hear my voice to participate in helping us
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pursue that. this resolution is a very important statement that says to the american people and to our colleagues that we are supporting the people of pakistan who need our help. nd i do again want to acknowledge the partnership of the congressional pakistan caucus and the pakistani american leadership center that is bringing these pakistan relief workers here to discuss this devastating conditions in pakistan. i also want to make mention of ambassador ann paterson who is still in pakistan, who has been a stall wart of representation of the united states, who has been through the earthquake, who has been through the tragedy of the loss of innocent vutu and now this unspeakable tragedy of flooding and has maintained the leadership of the united states. i am very glad that we have this resolution on the floor of the house. i want to thank my friend and colleague who likewise has given a very important statement as well as the gentleman from georgia to
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acknowledge this resolution to express our commitment to the people of pakistan. i look forward to visiting pakistan to see firsthand the extent of the devastation and assess and assist in the relief efforts. i believe it is vital that we lead a congressional humanitarian mission to pakistan which will signal to those people that the friendship between the united states and pakistan remains unbroken as we fight the war on terror and continue to hope to improve the lives of the men, women and children of this great nation. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: madam speaker, we support passage of this resolution. our hearts go out to the people of pakistan who are dealing with untold tragedies and difficult situations. i urge passage of the resolution and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you, madam speaker.
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seeing that we have no other speakers, let me simply conclude by thanking my distinguished friend from utah. we worked together on other issues. if i might take a point of personal privilege, i've never doubted his commitment when we speak of these humanitarian issues. and i want to thank you for that. and as well i want to thank mr. barrow for his leadership on the issue and hope that he will join us as we work on these devastating conditions in pakistan and ask my colleagues to support this very important legislation. seeing no other speakers, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1513. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is fwred to -- ms. jackson lee: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek
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recognize snigs in -- recognition? ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: all those in favor of taking a vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: i ask unanimous consent that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5282,
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to assist the corps. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 339, h.r. 5282. a bill to provide funds to the army corps of engineers to hire veterans and members of the armed forces to assist the corps with curation and historic preservation activities. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart. will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 5282. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the house will be in order. ms. johnson: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is